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Chris Carpenter “out indefinitely” with nerve irritation in shoulder

Mar 23, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

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Chris Carpenter left Cardinals camp earlier this week with what was described as a neck injury, but after several days of testing by specialists he’s been diagnosed with nerve irritation in his shoulder.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Carpenter is “out indefinitely” with an injury similar to one he had in 2008 and “is going to have to recover then re-strengthen his shoulder” before rejoining the rotation.

In other words, it’s going to be a while.

Carpenter had already been scratched from his Opening Day assignment, with Kyle Lohse taking his place, and Lance Lynn will step into his rotation spot for however long is needed.

As part of a two-year contract signed in September the 36-year-old Carpenter is owed $21 million and for the second straight year the Cardinals must now replace their No. 1 starter before the season begins, although at least Adam Wainwright looks healthy again after missing all of 2011.

  1. The Baseball Idiot - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Do we have a Brandon Phillips quote yet? I’m sure he’ll be heartwarming and sincere in expressing his great regret at Carpenter’s injury.

  2. Gobias Industries - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Could be worse. Could have a bone sticking out of your ankle.

  3. sgtr0c - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Wow, that stinks. Don’t like the Card’s, but injuries have no prejudged reasons, they happen. And to all. Still, they should be ok, they are a team.

  4. johnnyb1976 - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Sounds like Carpenter has sand in his va-j-j

  5. thefalcon123 - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    In 2003, Carpenter signed a 1 year with an option…and missed all of 2003
    In 2007, he signed a 5 year deal…and essentially missed all of 2007
    In 2012, he signed a 2 year deal…and not this.

    I’m just saying, the first year of Chris Carpenter contacts haven’t been so hot (though I am conveniently ignoring 2005).

    • cintiphil - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      As long as he can’t pitch against the Reds, he can come back anytime, but the longer he is out bodes well for the Reds.

      • spudchukar - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM

        Classy.

  6. areyesrn - Mar 24, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    I can’t get that NLDS game against Halladay out of my head…

    • cintiphil - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      That was a great one. I saw it and could not believe the battle between the two guys on the mound. That is the way he seems to pitch against the Reds all of the time.

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